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Symphony of Praise


Father of Creation,

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

You made a world of wonder,

A world that takes our breath away.

You declared it to be good.

We take our place within the choir of Creation,

Within the dance of biodiversity,

The rich tapestry of life.

The Lord's name is to be praised.

Praise the Lord,

All his creatures!

From the rising of the sun to the setting of the same,

The Lord’s name is to be praised.

Praise the Lord,

All the earth!

From Coral Reefs to Grasslands,

From Temperate Forests to Savannahs ,

From Mountains High to Oceans Deep,

The Lord's name is to be praised.

Asian Hornbills & Hammerhead Sharks honour you,

Vervet Monkeys & Viperfish venerate you,

Gazelles, Gibbons and Giraffes glorify you,

Peacocks and Pelicans praise you,

Eagles and Elephants exalt you.

The Lord’s name is to be praised.

And yet, O God,

We are killing the choir,

Making silent the symphony of praise.

Our parasitical use of power leads to endlings and extinctions.

Forgive our foolish ways.

Humanity has sinned and has done what is wicked in your sight,

Christ, have mercy.

We have moved East of Eden,

Christ, have mercy.

We have built Babel and made ourselves as gods,

Christ, have mercy.

Our exploitive economic systems have encroached into holy habitats,

Forgive our foolish ways.

We lift up to you our oceans,

Christ have mercy.

We lift up to you our rainforests,

Christ have mercy.

We lift up to you non-human worshippers facing extinction,

Forgive our foolish ways.

God of Creation,

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Empower your Church to execute justice and speak truth to power.

Equip your Church to work for the healing of the nations and the flourishing of all.

Enable your church to recognise its priestly calling to tend and keep.

Father of Creation,

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

You made a world of wonder,

A world that takes our breath away.

You declared it to be good.

The Lord’s name is to be praised.

Amen


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